Rollins' 62 ties McLachlin's Reno record


POSTED: Saturday, August 08, 2009

RENO, Nev. » John Rollins matched the course record with a 10-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead yesterday in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, and Chris Riley tied the PGA Tour mark for relation to par for nine holes with 9-under 27.

Rollins, who had a birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie run, had a 12-under 132 total — leaving him two strokes ahead of 2003 PGA champion Shaun Micheel, who followed an opening 69 with a bogey-free 65 at Montreux Golf and Country Club.

“;It was just one of those days, I guess,”; said Rollins, who tied for second at Reno last year. “;I hit a lot of good shots and obviously made a lot of putts. That's really all it is, you just make putts.”;

Riley, the former UNLV star who won in Reno in 2002, went on his own birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie streak to reach 7 under through seven holes. He chipped in from 24 feet for his second eagle of the day on the par-5 ninth before starting the back nine with consecutive bogeys. He finished with a 64, leaving him tied for third at 8 under with Robert Garrigus (67) and Marc Leishman (68).

Punahou graduate Parker McLachlin, the defending champion, is tied for 12th, six strokes behind after a 3-under 69. He's at 6-under 138.

Kaneohe's Dean Wilson missed the cut with a two-round total of 3-over 147 after a 73 yesterday.

“;I thought I could shoot 55 today, I was feeling that good. Then it's weird how your mind just turns on you,”; said Riley, who played the back nine in 1-over 37.

“;Walking to 10, you get a lot of thoughts in your head.”;

Rollins eagled the 616-yard ninth hole when he hit his second shot 284 yards to the green and made a 34-foot putt for a front-nine 30. He continued the streak with a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 10, then settled for birdie on the par-5 11th when he missed another eagle attempt from 9 feet.

“;It was just one of those stretches where I really, honestly, wasn't thinking anything other than just keep hitting good shots,”; Rollins said. “;I just wanted to make sure I didn't get ahead of myself and start thinking about a score because that is usually the kiss of death.”;

The two-time tour from a bunker for a birdie on the par-5 17th and closed with a 22-footer for his eighth birdie of the day to tie the course mark set by Bill Glasson in 2005 and matched by Joe Ogilvie in 2006 and McLachlin last year.